|Picture taken from CCP's facebook page|
One of the best things that I’ve noticed at CCP is that many of the actors wear multiple hats. Choreographer, set designer, dance teacher, director. Leila Nelson, who choreographs pretty much everything at CCP, pulls double duty with The Music Man. Not only is she choreographer, she’s also director of this beautiful production.
|Britt Hancock as Harold Hill; pic from CCP's|
With a beautiful set, designed by Leonard Harman, and costumes by Renee Luttrell & Rebel Mickelson, this show is top notch. I’ve been known to say that The Music Man is slightly cheesy…and to a point, it is. But this production brings spark and life back to what can be an overdone and slightly worn out show. CCP has a way of taking something I expect and making it so much better.
Some of the stand out numbers during the show were the opener, “Rock Island,” the beautiful lullaby “Goodnight My Someone,” sung by Marian. Then there is the ever famous “Seventy-Six Trombones,” and one of my favorite silly songs, “Gary, Indiana.” The only number I’m not a fan of in the whole show isn’t because of the performance, it’s just because the word “Shipoopi” kind of freaks me out. :)
If you’re looking for a family oriented show that brings amazing talent and fun to life, this show’s for you. Don’t be afraid to bring your kids and don’t be afraid to see it if you’ve seen other productions. This one will leave you smiling and whistling or humming along.
The Music Man runs at Cumberland County Playhouse until September 1st. You can get tickets online HERE or by calling 931-484-5000.